Seward House Museum Internship Opportunities | St. Lawrence University History

Seward House Museum Internship Opportunities

With the fall term about to begin, and with your incoming students planning ahead for possible internship opportunities throughout the coming academic year, I ask that you consider suggesting the Seward House Museum in Auburn, NY. Many of our past interns have gone onto to careers in public history, the museum field, or graduate education. In addition to arranging internships for academic credit, we also offer funded summer positions.

The Seward House Museum weaves together a compelling narrative of local, regional, national, and international scope as it interprets the story of William Seward and several generations of his family. From beginnings rooted in Auburn where the home was built in 1816, the museum traces the Seward family’s deep imbrication in state and national politics, social movements, reform campaigns, and culture. In a prolific career that spanned nearly half a century, William Seward ultimately achieved his highest distinction as a leading member of the Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson administrations. Presiding over the State Department during the Civil War and Reconstruction, Seward shaped anti-slavery policy, helped secure a Union victory, and spearheaded the 1867 acquisition of the Alaskan territories. Throughout the decades, Seward continually returned to his stately home in Auburn, now a repository of original artifacts and fascinating stories.

Position Summary The Seward House Museum seeks dynamic interns with a passion for history to participate in our internship program. Primary duties will be: conducting guided tours of the Museum to visitors for a range of audiences, assisting in greeting visitors, answering phones, managing sales in the gift shop, and completing a special project within a museum department. Through the internship program, interns receive training in historic interpretation, networking opportunities with other anchor institutions in the Central New York area, coaching for future interviews, and career workshops. Interns may choose to tailor their internship based on their specific interests: historical interpretation, educational outreach, curation, development, marketing, social media, research, facilities maintenance, and administration.

Job Responsibilities

  • Leading interpretive tours of the museum’s historic interior and exterior.  Initiating and conducing sales transactions in the Museum’s Gift Shop on Square Space System software.
  • Assisting with the cleaning of exhibit and public spaces.
  • Acting as a regional ambassador by promoting additional tourism destinations in the Auburn area and providing information and directions etc.
  • Providing logistical support for museum events.
  • Aiding in installation, de-installation, and proper care of exhibited artifacts.
  • Performing general administrative and other duties as required.
  • Completion of a special project that supports museum operations in educational programming, curriculum development, fundraising, marketing, visitor services, and facilities management.
  • Demonstrating a mature, flexible attitude towards problem solving and working collaboratively with fellow interns, staff, and volunteers.

Qualifications: Interns must have very strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills. They must be able to retain historical facts, dates, and anecdotes, as well as relay that information to visitors in an engaging, and informative way. Computer proficiency and experience required. Must be able to lift 25-50 pounds, walk, stoop, stand for extended periods at a time and climb stairs.

College students working on degrees in History, Museum Studies, Art History, or a related field will be given preference for paid internship positions.

Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to: education@sewardhouse.org. No phone calls please.